Two Israelis killed in attacks amid sustained Palestinian incitement


At least two Israelis – a young woman and an IDF soldier – were killed and two others injured in separate terror attacks on Monday, refocusing attention on recent calls for violence that have come from the top echelons of Palestinian leadership, up to and including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The killings are the latest in a series of attacks against Israelis – there have been several “hit-and-run” incidents, one of which killed an infant, as well as an October attack in which an Israeli man was shot point-blank in the chest – that come amid a wave of incitement by leading Palestinian officials, who in recent weeks have praised Palestinian terrorists who have carried out attacks and encouraged violence against Jews and Israelis. In one of the Monday attacks, Maher Hamdi al-Hashalmoun, an affiliate of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) who had been jailed in the early 2000s for a petrol bomb attack, reportedly drove his car into a concrete barrier and used a knife to attack a group of people at a busy intersection, killing Dalia Lemkus. The Tel Aviv incident, which took place just hours earlier and which saw 20-year-old Almog Shiloni fatally stabbed at a train station in the city, was praised by Qatar-based Hamas spokesman Husam Badran, who lauded the attack as “part of a welcome plan” reflective of the Palestinian determination.” Strategic Affairs Ministry Director-General Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser this weekend assailed Abbas for praising Palestinian attackers , and Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs on Sunday blasted Palestinian leaders for inciting violence, pointing to an interview with Hamas leader Fathi Hamad in which Hamad encouraged attacks on Israelis, reportedly saying “Even he who owns nothing but his faith has a kitchen in his house in which he has a knife… He must grab his knife and confront the Zionist enemy.”


Eyal Rosenthal doesn’t expect to make a mint from his new eMotion Stories digital books in English and American Sign Language. The world’s first interactive bilingual e-library for parents of children with hearing impairment was created as a labor of love, though the market is quite limited. Rosenthal, an American who moved to Israel in 2008, expects only to reap the satisfaction of bringing a new dimension into the lives of children who otherwise would miss out on reading classics with their parents such as Goldilocks, Cinderella, The Ugly Duckling, Little Red Riding Hood andThree Little Pigs. Each of the interactive fairy tales features pictures by world-class Israeli illustrators and is narrated in American Sign Language, in synch with the text, by deaf actress Alexandria Wailes. Soft-launched last May, eMotion Stories offers a free download of its iPad app along with the first book; additional e-books can be purchased for $3.99 apiece. “There have been 2,000 to 3,000 free downloads and several hundred downloads of paid books,” Rosenthal told ISRAEL21c in October. “Our total revenues are less than $1,000, but this wasn’t done for the money.” His idea arose in September 2012 over coffee with a friend who has a deaf niece. Rosenthal had just read his nephew a bedtime story, and asked his friend if she’s able to do this with her niece. “The response was that there are no good solutions. Her sister signs her niece a bedtime story or might put on a YouTube video, but there was nothing available for them that comes close to the experience of a parent reading a story to a child. And so I set out to change that.” Because every country has its own sign language, the creators of eMotion are offering their “white-label” platform to other developers at no charge. “The biggest potential market is the US and that’s why we decided to launch there first, but other countries can take the platform we built and create their own stories and add the sign language,” says Goldenberg. “In our hopes and dreams, every country will have its own app for children with hearing impairment.” Rosenthal hopes to find some time to launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to finance an Israeli version of eMotion Stories and to produce additional storybooks in response to enthusiastic feedback from parents using the app. “It was definitely a challenge, but it’s been an amazing experience,” he says. (via Israel21c)

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